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Taxpayers Guide
to Donated Goods

Deciding how much to deduct when donating used items to charities is often a problem. The IRS guideline is fair market value (the price an informed and willing seller would get if the item was sold to an informed and willing buyer). Some charities give an appraisal figure, but others do not. In either case, the IRS requires proof of the donation and documentation supporting its appraised value.

Most people underestimate the value of items donated to qualified charities. When donating clothes and other items, remember to:

  1. Make an itemized list for your records stating how many shirts, sweaters, etc. were donated
  2. Specify the condition of items donated (fair, good, new, )
  3. Get a receipt from the organization

The receipt will list quantity donated (bags of clothes, boxes of toys or household goods) and will specify larger items like furniture or a TV. The receipt will not have a value placed on it. This is why you need an itemized list. These donations do add up. Take the time, use this list, and maximize your allowable charitable deduction.

The following guidelines, prepared with the help of the Salvation Army and Goodwill, suggest some price ranges for items in good condition. Please make your browser window as wide as possible to make sure all the numbers line up well.

Ladies' Clothing
Furniture
  • Dresses
  • Suits
  • Shoes
  • Coats
  • Skirts
  • Blouses
  • Handbags
  • Hats
  • Sweaters
  • Slacks
  • Bathrobes
$4-25
$10-85
$2-12
$10-80
$3-15
$2-8
$1-4
$2-8
$3-8
$4-20
$4-12
  • Kitchen table & 2 chairs
  • End tables
  • Coffee table
  • Washing machine
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Dryer
  • Refrigerator
  • Gas Stove
  • Black & White TV
  • Color TV
  • Dresser with mirror
  • Chest
  • Wardrobe
  • Complete double bed
  • Complete single bed
  • Double mattress
  • Single mattress
  • Folding bed
  • Studio couch
  • Sofa
  • China cabinet
  • Wood Trunk
  • Floor lamp
  • Table lamp
  • Upholstered chair
  • Sleeper sofa
  • Desk
  • Bicycle
  • Radio
  • Crib with mattress
  • Playpen
$65-120
$16-65
$25-90
$50
$20-60
$80
$60-150
$60-150
$50-70
$150-200
$45-150
$35-100
$30-80
$50-200
$35-80
$25
$15
$20-60
$50-200
$50-350
$60-200
$15-30
$12-30
$8-20
$25-80
$90-300
$45-150
$20-60
$10-35
$25-85
$10-30
Men's Clothing
  • Suits
  • Jackets
  • Shoes
  • Slacks
  • Shirts
  • Overcoats
  • Sweaters
  • Belts
$20-85
$10-45
$2-12
$4-20
$2-5
$20-60
$4-8
$3
Children's Clothing
  • Coats
  • Snowsuits
  • Shoes
  • Dresses
  • Pants
  • Shirts
  • Boots
  • Sweaters
$5-15
$5-10
$1-6
$3-6
$2-5
$1-2
$2-4
$3-5
Dry Goods
Sporting Goods
  • Blankets
  • Bedspreads
  • Pillows
  • Sheets
  • Curtains
  • Drapes
  • Throw rugs
$5-12
$5-20
$4
$2-5
$2-6
$10-20
$3-5
  • Fishing rod
  • Ice skates
  • Roller skates
  • Tennis racket
$3-15
$3-15
$3-15
$3-15
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